Manchester farmers graduate from agro-business programme

Chief technical director in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Dermon Spence (left) and Loy Malcolm (right) general
Manager of Project Management at the Jamaica Social Investment Fund, share a moment with some of the graduates following
the ceremony at Grace Apostolic Church in Chudleigh, Manchester. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

CHUDLEIGH, Manchester — One hundred and sixty-nine registered farmers in Manchester were recent graduates of a four-month Agro-Business Technical Assistance Programme. Selected from the North East Manchester communities of Green Bottom, Long Coffee, Bottom Coleyville, and Contrivance, the far ... Read More

Trucks and other vehicles line up for water at a private well in Cheapside, south-east St Elizabeth. South central Jamaica crying out for water
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — In St Elizabeth the drought is so intense, member of Parliament for t ... Read More

The abandoned St
George's Anglican
Church, popularly called
'Duppy Church', just
outside Mile Gully The story of Manchester Part 4: MILE GULLY
FOR over 150 years after the English captured Jamaica from the Spanish in 1655, the southern half of ... Read More

Some of Beyonce's individual accolades (PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT) 'I am nervous and excited'
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — In roughly a month, 12-year-old Beyonce Ebanks will officially take h ... Read More

Nurturing champions

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 28, 2014    

Badminton players inside the deCarteret College auditorium (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Long before players such as Gareth Henry, Geordine Henry and Samuel Ricketts became notable Jamaican names in badminton, they were part of the Ranger's Badminton Academy at deCarteret College. Founder of the Academy Howard Ranger said the organisation was established in 1995 and players are often introduced to the sport at the preparatory and primary level. Some players, he said, make it to the national level and have the opportunity to represent Jamaica. The ... Read More

Samson Omoregie’s 50th

By Alicia Sutherland | Monday, July 28, 2014    

Samson Omoregie and his wife Adesuwa. It is not unusual for husbands and wives in Nigeria to dress alike, so the similar clothing the couple wore would not have given away the surprise. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Turning 50 was a significant milestone for Nigeria born Samson Omoregie, and it was important to his wife Adesuwa Tessy Omoregie that the occasion did not pass by too ordinarily. As such, for nearly a year she methodically planned a surprise event in her husband's honour for his July 12 birthday. Under the guise of attending an event organised by Church Teachers' College, where she is a lecturer, Tessy Omoregie arrived with her husband at the institution's poolsi ... Read More

For Your Diary

Monday, July 28, 2014    

* Thursday, July 31 (1:00 - 5:00pm) Jamaica Day and Emancipation Extravaganza Manchester Shopping Centre Mandeville * Thursday, July 31 (8:00 pm) Manchester Parish Emancipation Vigil Mandeville courthouse grounds * Friday, August 1 (6:00 pm) Celebration of Drums Mandeville town centre * Friday, August 1- Sunday August 3 Annual Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show May Pen, Clarendon * Saturday, August 2 (Showtime 9:00 pm) 3rd annual Manchester People's Choice Awards & M ... Read More

Clarendon gets new fire truck

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

Local Government and Community Development Minister Noel Arscott

A state-of-the-art fire truck was handed over to the parish of Clarendon last Thursday by Local Government and Community Development Minister Noel Arscott. The new unit has special features which will make it suitable to deal with the terrain in the parish, the Jamaica Information Service reported. Speaking at the handing over at the fire station in May Pen, Arscott said the Government is on a path of re-equipping the Fire Brigade, and the procurement process has started for an additional thre ... Read More

Man's decompsoing body remains stuck in cave

Saturday, July 26, 2014    

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — The St Elizabeth police and other local authorities are uncertain about their next step in trying to remove the body of a 73-year-old man from a deep cave at Retirement district, close to Maggotty in the parish's north-west. Police say the body is that of 73-year-old Aston Thompson of Retirement. Thompson, who was said to be stricken with the brain debilitating disease, Alzheimer's, strayed from home earlier this month and was reported missing on July 12. It wa ... Read More

Grieving mother creates opportunities for others

BY ANIKA RICHARDS Sunday Observer staff reporter richardsai@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 20, 2014    

Jonathan Hibbert died tragically in a
road traffic accident on the Toll Gate
main road in Clarendon in 2002. (then)
HIBBERT... after a death you can sit
down and cry, ‘my one son and him
gone’, and all that, but there comes a
point when you can’t just go on like

WHEN Norma Hibbert's son, Jonathan Hibbert, died tragically in a road traffic accident on the Toll Gate main road in Clarendon in 2002, she had to find an outlet for her grief. In 2003, she started the Jonathan Hibbert Foundation as a tribute to him, a schoolboy footballer who attended Munro College and was affectionately called 'Johno'. The foundation, which has grown significantly, is a non-profit, registered charity whose mission is to engage and inspire young people from socially deprived b ... Read More

Jamalco hosts south Manchester residents at health fair

Wednesday, July 16, 2014    

Summer interns Relesha Timoll (second left) and Tameka Knight
register residents at the Windsor Forest health fair, recently.

SIXTY-two residents from Windsor Forest and surrounding communities in South Manchester were hosted at a health and information fair, recently. The event, which was organised by Jamalco's Corporate Services and Medical Departments, was held at the Windsor Forest Community Centre as part of Jamalco's community outreach initiative. The residents benefited from several services including vision, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar tests conducted by Jamalco's medical team. The residents ... Read More

The story of Manchester part III — Porus

BY DONALD I BLAIR | Monday, July 14, 2014    

Porus Market

WHEN slavery came to an end in the British West Indies in 1834, the colonial power instituted a six-year transformation period known as the Apprenticeship to, as they reasoned it, ease ex-slaves into a life of freedom. In the aftermath of this period, missionaries founded 'free villages' in which ex-slaves became landowners. This was how the community of Porus, in eastern Manchester, was founded. Even though they were no longer slaves, the landed gentry that dominated the vestry supported local ... Read More

Public Defender wants more to be done for physically, mentally challenged

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 14, 2014    

Persons waiting their turn to register complaints with the acting public defender at the Mandeville Parish Church Hall. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The central Jamaica parishes of Manchester, St Elizabeth and Clarendon have the highest number of disabled persons when compared with other parishes, according to acting Public Defender Matondo Mukulu who is agitating for the State and the society at large to be more mindful of the particular needs and vulnerabilities of the group. He didn’t provide numbers, but said that where children are concerned, there are about 4,000 who are known to be disabled. Add ... Read More

STETHS, Vere take all

Monday, July 14, 2014    

Principal of STETHS Keith Wellington (left) and a team member receive the symbolic cheque of $150,000 for winning the recently concluded ISSA/Digicel T20
All-island Championship from Digicel's Senior Sponsorship Manager Tahnida Nunes at the Knutsford Court Hotel. (PHOTO: COURTESY DIGICEL)

ST Elizabeth Technical and Vere Technical high schools, winner and runner-up, respectively, in the ISSA/ Digicel T20 All-Island Championship, dominated at the awards ceremony for the tournament held last week Thursday at the Knutsford Court Hotel. Along with the winner's trophy and a cheque for $150,000, STETHS also copped several major individual awards. Leonardo Salmon was declared Man-of-the-Match in the finals, while Dennis McGravey got the Top Performance award in the final as he hit a mem ... Read More



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